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Mitchell splits with S.F. Lincoln

The Mitchell high school baseball team's pitching has been supreme lately. After Brent Havlik's complete-game win over Sioux Falls Lincoln Thursday in the first game of a doubleheader at Cadwell Park, Mitchell's pitchers were riding 22 innings of...

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Mitchell second baseman Ryan Buck sends a relay throw toward first base after recording an out during the first game of a doubleheader Thursday at Cadwell Park. (Luke Hagen/Republic)

The Mitchell high school baseball team's pitching has been supreme lately.

After Brent Havlik's complete-game win over Sioux Falls Lincoln Thursday in the first game of a doubleheader at Cadwell Park, Mitchell's pitchers were riding 22 innings of scoreless baseball.

The streak moved to 23 innings to open the second game, but Lincoln rallied late to preserve a split with Mitchell.

Havlik threw a four-hitter in Mitchell's 6-0 Game 1 win, but Lincoln took the second game 7-5.

"Everybody that has thrown lately has thrown really well," Norden said. "I kind of expected our pitching to be where it's at with a couple of the guys that have experience. I'm not surprised at our pitching."

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In the second game, Lincoln got a two-out single from Matt Heinssen in the top of the second inning to score Josh Kunzmann.

The run was the first time a Mitchell opponent scored since Rapid City Stevens scored one run in the top of the fifth inning in the first game of a regional doubleheader on April 25.

Mitchell held Rapid City Stevens scoreless in the second game of the regional doubleheader and defeated Yankton 4-0 on Tuesday.

Lincoln's 1-0 lead in the second game was short-lived. Mitchell scored five second-inning runs, highlighted by Nick Young's three-run inside-the-park home run. After the six-hit, five-run second, Mitchell was held scoreless for the remainder of the game.

Lincoln added one run in the third, two in the fifth and took the lead in the top of the sixth.

Jared Schmidt relieved Young in the fifth inning. Schmidt got two outs to open the sixth, but thumped the No. 9 hitter with a pitch on a 0-2 count, allowing leadoff hitter Matt Bork an at-bat. Bork smashed an RBI triple to tie the game at five, and he eventually scored on a wild pitch.

"That's due to the fact we're not aware of certain situations and knowing what the count is and who's up," Norden said of Schmidt hitting Dylan Winter, who struck out in his first two at-bats. "That was a big momentum breaker."

Lincoln tacked on another run in the top of the seventh, and Mitchell left the bases loaded in the bottom half of the inning to end the game.

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"We left six guys on base the first three innings," Norden said of the second game. "When you leave guys on base early in the game, it seems to come back and get you. The fourth, the fifth and sixth innings, we had a couple opportunities there, but that's when our at-bats got really, really poor."

Young threw four innings but Schmidt took the loss. Havlik, Young, Schmidt, Alex Bennett and Kirby Fuerst each had two hits.

In the first game, Mitchell scored two runs in the first and second innings to give Havlik an early lead.

Josh Schmidt had an RBI single to score Ryan Buck and Jared Schmidt hit a hard grounder past the second baseman to score Young in the first. Havlik scored on an RBI triple in the second from Buck, who eventually scored on Young's single through the infield.

Havlik, who finished the game with three strikeouts and threw only 82 pitches, watched his defense turn double plays in the second and seventh innings. He also picked off a Lincoln base runner in the third.

Thursday's win was Havlik's second complete-game victory. So what's been working lately for the left-hander?

"Getting up early in the count and coming with the off-speed pitch, not so much my curveball but my changeup," Havlik said. "Actually, when I got up 0-2 and hit those guys, it was with my curveball. Getting up early and throwing my changeup helped."

Buck had a sacrifice fly in the fourth to score Collin Moen in the fourth and Havlik had a sacrifice fly in the sixth to score Seth Cavanaugh, who had a pitch-hit single for catcher Michael Sadler.

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Young finished the first game with two hits and an RBI and Josh Schmidt and Havlik each went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Buck had two RBIs, while Jared Schmidt, Cavanaugh and Calvin Limberg each had one hit.

Mitchell (10-6) hosts Brandon Valley at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Cadwell Park.

NOTES: Mitchell will host the regional tournament on May 21, Norden said. Rapid City Stevens defeated Sturgis, giving each regional team but Mitchell at least two losses. Mitchell went 5-1 in regional play. ... Cavanaugh pitched to four batters in the second game. The first batter reached on an error, but he got the next three out in order.

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Mitchell's Collin Moen, right, slides safely into third base during the first game of a doubleheader Thursday at Cadwell Park. (Luke Hagen/Republic)

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Luke Hagen was promoted to editor of the Mitchell Republic in 2014. He has worked for the newspaper since 2008 and has covered sports, outdoors, education, features and breaking news. He can be reached at lhagen@mitchellrepublic.com.
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